Searching for Charles and Clyde

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Found pinned to a page in an album was a small badge which is now revealing its own very big story.

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A passion for change – an interview with Geoffrey Winters

Friday, 17 April 2015

The theme for this year’s National Youth Week 'It starts with us', resonates with newly appointed council member, Geoffrey Winters.

The theme for the National Native Title Conference 2015 is leadership, legacy and opportunity.

National Native Title Conference 2015

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Join us for the annual National Native Title Conference 2015, which will be co-convened by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and Cape York Land Council. This year’s conference will be held on the traditional lands of the Kuku Yalanji people in Port Douglas Queensland.

Book cover 'What do we want?' by Dr Heidi Norman

In conversation - Dr Heidi Norman's new book 'What do we want?'

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Dr Heidi Norman’s new book - available from 1 May 2015 - ‘What do we want?’: A political history of Aboriginal land rights in New South Wales, will be the focus of conversation at this event. Heidi Norman, Tim Rowse, Gillian Cowlishaw and NSW Metropolitan LACL CEO, Nathan Moran as participating MC, in conversation about land rights activism in New South Wales: its political history and ongoing debates.


4 hours 6 min ago

Prof Dodson asks why Aboriginal + Torres Strait Islanders enlisted. Watch the video http://t.co/rZCNUtEvJC #ANZAC2015 http://t.co/gyyDgeI1Nm


7 hours 6 min ago

Don't miss In conversation - with Dr @heidi_norman about her new book 'What do we want?' on 5 May @gleebooks #NSWALC http://t.co/WP8kAqrF5b


1 day 4 hours ago

Prof Dodson asks why Aboriginal + Torres Strait Islanders enlisted. Watch the video http://t.co/2BU7xgqkNe #ANZAC2015 http://t.co/lV4pf64b2j


1 day 7 hours ago

Lest we forget. Over 1000 Aboriginal + Torres Strait Islanders served in WWI http://t.co/p3No8ibj4J #ANZAC2015 http://t.co/obhSjPL44l



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